Sandro Mendes

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Full name Sandro Miguel Laranjeira Mendes
Date of birth (1977-02-04) 4 February 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Pinhal Novo, Portugal
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1987–1989 Pelezinhos
1989–1995 Vitória Setúbal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Vitória Setúbal 41 (3)
1997–1999 Hércules 62 (2)
1999 Villarreal (loan) 2 (0)
1999–2000 Salamanca 23 (3)
2000–2005 Vitória Setúbal 137 (5)
2005 Porto 0 (0)
2005 Manisaspor (loan) 4 (0)
2006–2010 Vitória Setúbal 102 (3)
2010–2011 Ceuta 24 (1)
2011–2012 Naval 26 (2)
Total 421 (19)
National team
1997–1998 Portugal U21 8 (0)
2004–2007 Cape Verde 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Sandro Miguel Laranjeira Mendes (born 4 February 1977), known simply as Sandro, is a Cape Verdean retired footballer. A central midfielder, he also held a Portuguese passport.

Most of his professional career was spent with Vitória de Setúbal, which he represented on no fewer than three separate spells. In the Primeira Liga, he amassed totals of 195 games and six goals over the course of nine seasons.

Internationally, Sandro played for the Cape Verde national team.

Club career[edit]

Born in Pinhal Novo, Portugal, Sandro started his career at Vitória FC, but moved to Spain still a youngster, although he had already made his Primeira Liga debuts, and played for two-and-a-half seasons with Hércules CF, in the Spanish Segunda División.

In January 1999, he joined La Liga club Villarreal CF on loan, but appeared just twice throughout his six-month spell in a season that ended in relegation. He subsequently returned to the country's division two for the following campaign, with UD Salamanca.

After a second spell with Vitória Setúbal (five years), FC Porto acquired Sandro's services for 2005–06,[1] but he was quickly loaned without making any official appearances, to Turkey's Vestel Manisaspor until January 2006, when he returned to Vitória for a third stint.

In July 2010, after having contributed with 26 matches – one goal, in a 2–1 away win against direct relegation rivals Leixões S.C. on 14 March 2010 – to Setúbal maintaining its top level status, 33-year-old Sandro left for Spain again, signing for Segunda División B side AD Ceuta, in which he was joined by several compatriots.


  1. ^ "Porto plump for Sandro". 9 June 2005. 

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